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What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small, titanium screw (post) that is surgically placed within the jawbone beneath the gum line. This screw them fuses with the jawbone, providing a stable foundation for tooth restoration. The dental implant post is considered a replacement for missing tooth’s root. The post fuses with the bone like a root and also stimulates as well as preserves the bone structure. At top of the dental implant post sits a single crown replacing a tooth. However, dental implants can support many missing teeth with a bridge and also secure dentures. There are three parts to what is called an implant – the implant part itself that is inserted into the bone, the abutment that links the implant device to the third part, which is the overlying denture or crown.
What are the types of dental implants?
The three common types of dental implants are subperiosteal, endosteal implants and Zygomatic Implant.
Subperiosteal implants: This type of implant is positioned on or above the jawbone. This is a metal post, which is put under the gum and sticks through the gum to keep it in place. A person may have a subperiosteal implant if they cannot wear regular dentures, do not have sufficient natural jawbone to hold the endosteal implant, or they are unwilling to do a bone augmentation to build up the bone.
Endosteal implants: This is often the most common type of dental implant. This implant is shaped like a small screw, blade or cylinder. It goes directly in the jawbone and firmly holds one or more replacement teeth that are also known as prosthetic teeth. A doctor might recommend an endosteal implant if a person already has dentures or bridges.
Zygomatic Implants: Zygomatic implants are not so common. This is the most complicated procedure and must only be performed if a person does not have sufficient jawbone for the Endosteal implants. The implants are placed in the cheekbone rather than the jawbone.
Causes and Symptoms
Dental implants are recommended for individuals with missing teeth, as they provide a stable and long-term solution to restore oral function and aesthetics. Patients with jaw infections may also require dental implants after the infection is treated and the area is healed, as implants can replace damaged or lost teeth. Additionally, individuals who prefer not to wear removable dentures may opt for dental implants for a more permanent and comfortable alteative. Ideal candidates for dental implants should have good oral health, sufficient jawbone density, and be committed to maintaining proper oral hygiene. The procedure involves surgically placing titanium posts into the jawbone, which act as artificial tooth roots for the attachment of prosthetic teeth. Overall, dental implants offer a reliable solution for various dental conditions, ensuring improved oral health and quality of life for those seeking a permanent tooth replacement option.
Risk & Complications
Infection: An infection at the place of implant is the most common observed complication. Treatment for the infection will depend on the severity as well as location of the infection. A bacterial infection in bone might need removal of the infected bone tissues as well as the implant.
Gum recession: In certain cases, an individual might discover that the gum tissues around the implant start to recede. This may result in inflammation and pain. Go for an assessment from a dentist to prevent the removal of the implant.
Loose implant: In the first few weeks after surgery, the dental implant will begin to grow and fuse with the jawbone. It is called osseointegration and is important for the long-term success of the implant.
Nerve or tissue damage: In some cases, a dental surgeon might place a dental implant very close to the nerve. This could lead to numbness, tingling or pain. Short-term symptoms are very often experienced in dental implant surgery, but an individual might also experience long-term symptoms.
Preparation of Treatment
How to prepare for dental implant surgery?
One day before your appointment, you must avoid drinking or eating anything after midnight the night before the surgery, as it may cause nausea during the procedure. You should take any medications prescribed for the procedure as suggested by the doctor. On the moing of the implant procedure, you must wear comfortable and loose-fitting cloth. You need to also brush the teeth as usual, but do not use toothpaste or mouthwash with a strong flavor. Take a pre-operative medication as suggested by your surgeon or dentist. You are also advised to bring a list of allergies, medical conditions, or medications that might be relevant to the procedure.
There are two main types of dental implant treatment - conventional implant (endosteal implant) and immediate load transplant.
Endosteal implant: An endosteal implant is a kind of dental implant that acts like an artificial root and is put in the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth. Endosteal implants, also called conventional implants, are the most common type of implant. This implant is mostly made of titanium.
Immediate loading transplant involves the placement of a restoration within 48 hours of the implant placement. It can be used if enough primary stability is achieved for a single tooth restoration. Immediate implant placement significantly reduces the amount of time a person has to spend in the dental chair, and is mostly preferred as it allows a quicker treatment period. Moreover, a tooth can be removed followed by the placement of the implant, and then a temporary crown could be placed on the same day. Immediate placement and immediate loading offer the patient several benefits, such as immediate aesthetic results and shorter treatment time.
Cost of the treatment
The cost of dental implants in India depends on the experience of implantologists, the technology used for the surgery, the hygiene of the hospital, and the brands of implant. The cost of dental implants in India ranges from $ 200 to $500 each Implant. Dental implant cost in India is comparatively lower than several other countries such as Turkey, the United States and Saudi Arabia. Cost will be changed for Zerconia crown.
Recovery after dental implant surgery
Dental implant recovery after surgery generally depends on several factors, such as the various procedures required to complete the treatment. Depending on the size of the implants and the quality of the bone, healing might take around 7-10 days, but the implants will completely integrate into the bone and will be ready for the restorative phase of therapy in nearly 3-6 weeks. It has been found that after an implant has been placed, ensuring proper oral hygiene helps ensure proper integration of bone structure. Failure to brush and floss may lead to the failure of the treatment. Infection could also occur if the implant and surrounding areas aren’t properly cleaned. Smoking can also attribute to high failure rates, hence it should be avoided after implant procedures.
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